When Martha was a little girl, she loved being measured by her father to see how much she'd grown each year. A pencil mark on the kitchen wall marked her progress -- alongside the progress of her five brothers and sisters.
5-foot length of unpainted wainscoting
5/32-inch drill bit
Latex semigloss paint
Letter stamps or markers, for child's name tag
Paper tag, for child's name
Hole punch (optional)
20-inch length of cord or leather lacing
72-inch-long metal tape measure with adhesive backing
Photographs of child, cut to 1 3/4 by 1 1/4 inches
Those few inches of empty space under the bed are a great place to store extra pillows, sheets, blankets, and off-season clothing such as sweaters. Martha and style editor Tom Tamborello transform an Ikea under-bed storage box into an elegant piece that will look attractive under any bed.
Prefabricated under-bed storage box
Pieces of wooden lattice
Oak tag or thick construction paper
4 large snap fasteners
Snap-installation tool (comes with snap fasteners)